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Nissan Leaf Nismo RC: TRANSLOGIC 139

The Nissan Leaf electric car is notable for many things, but performance isn't one of them. So how is it possible that Nissan's motorsports division could make an electric race car from the same components as the production Leaf? We take to the track in the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC to find out.

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".....There's tons of carbon fiber"...funny, I thought it was a very lightweight material. ;)

October 23 2013 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
john buttimer

lol this had a cadillac commercial preceding it.

October 23 2013 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Leaf has come up in the world..1st used to hide your pecker a shelter and a butt wipe.. so a few minutes of ride time... it's still a butt wipe

October 23 2013 at 3:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

The opening line shows that this author hasn't driven a stock LEAF. It's a real sleeper with a great holeshot and more than ample passing power.

October 23 2013 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pure electric cars can be fast. But they just don't have much range. That has been the fatal flaw in electric cars for a hundred years. The energy storage density of all current batteries just doesn't approach that of a fuel like gasoline or diesel. Hydrogen powered fuel cell technology gives you the performance of an electric motor with nearly the energy density and speed of refueling of gasoline/diesel. As well as a completely recyclable fuel. Actually, any internal combustion engine can be converted to run on hydrogen. Hydrogen has its own storage problems, which have been addressed and solved. Unfortunately, the infrastructure to produce and distribute hydrogen just isn't there currently.

October 23 2013 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hmadden's comment

The Tesla has a 250+ mile range.
You are correct, batteries don't have nearly the energy density of gasoline, but you left out one important detail. Internal combustion engines are about 20% efficient, while electric motors are about 90% efficient. That means gasoline needs 4.5x the energy to go the same distance. Electric motors also have much more efficient drive trains, have regenerative breaking, far less additional component, and are much lighter.

The main thing holding back electric cars is cost. Batteries are still expensive. Tesla got around this by assembling their own packs, but large companies want to buy them pre-made.

As a transition, they should make electric driven cars with an smaller ICE as a range extending generator, which allows the ICE to be far more efficient.

October 23 2013 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Re the EV1...I am stunned you haven't seen the documentary Who Killed The Electric Car. It is an amazing story of complete corporate ineptitude. If GM didn't think there was a market for it, why did they destroy every single EV1, all the tools, dies, and machinery to create it, close the plant, fire the salespeople, and make it like the EV1 never even existed? I have never been so angry after watching a movie in my life. See the trailer HERE:

October 23 2013 at 1:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm an Aircraft Mechanic, and I have often wondered why not have a 10 HP Briggs and Stratton Lawn Tractor engine to spin alternators to produce electric power for a high fuel efficient Hybrid Vehicle.

October 23 2013 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I dont get it. The Leaf is ugly. THis RC car body is not. Why not make this design instead?

October 23 2013 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gomobile's comment

That's what I've saying all along. With the exception of the Tesla, these hybrids and electric car are so unappealing. Tesla sells because it's a sexy sports car. No one wants to pay all of that money to ride around in what looks like a soup can.

October 23 2013 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am wondering why there isn't some sort of charging system, like an alternator, to keep the car moving?

October 23 2013 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to robertthefishguy's comment

the car looks like some space ship.

October 23 2013 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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